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    St. Louis, MO
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    Leathercraft, vintage bicycles and my family.

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    To improve my skills and respect the craft
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  1. Stiching holes

    When posting about technique and tools it is helpful to detail what you are using. Saying you use chisels is not very helpful as there are all sorts of tooth sizes, spacing, etc.. Tandy sells several types of needles, so again, not too informative. Lastly, what thread are you using? That can have a huge impact too, along with how you are locking the thread on the needle. You might be creating a "bump" that is difficult to pass through. Just trying to help, but the details help to assess what is going on.
  2. Harness needle in relation to thread size

    Just as important is the size awl you are using. If not using an awl, you might want to because it temporarily stretches the holes, making passage of needles easier.
  3. Improve stitching / needs breathing room

    Good advice from YinTx
  4. Improve stitching / needs breathing room

    Whatever method you used in the last row, it is not correct. Thread is to go from top of slit to bottom of adjacent slit.
  5. A wooden yardstick could also be cut down to size.
  6. Copper Rivets

    This. Cutting first is unnecessary. It also could cause the shank to not want to enter the hole in the setter if it is deformed. I cut only after the burr is set. YMMV.

    Love it! Thanks for sharing and God bless you.
  8. Peening copper rivets

    The video is great. A picture is worth a thousand words, especially when it's moving. Notice too how he is using an iron slab. I do mine on the top of my vintage Sears Craftsman table saw. Makes a great anvil.
  9. Peening copper rivets

    I will get some photos up, but to me it is understanding the process. It is like building a foundation. If you start off badly it cannot be fixed. So step 1 is to trim the shaft of the rivet to the right length. Some can do this when making the original cut while others make an initial cut and then trim it down. A Dremel with cutting wheel helps. Then, after you have it trimmed, say about 1/8" or so, you can tap it down with a ball peen hammer. The final touch I use is a doming tool to round it off. The easiest mistake to make is to leave the shaft too long and then try to make it look good. It won't.
  10. No problem. BTW, you can stitch a little ways up the flap if your bills are too loose, but they generally tuck in very securely. Lot of friction there.
  11. Cool color combo! I agree that the moulded portion is extremely nice. Adds visual appeal. Nice stitching also.
  12. Very nice. I've made similar and found it hard to access the cash sometimes. The cards stiffen the leather and make it difficult to squeeze open the cash pocket. That is why some cash pockets are more of a flap, open on one corner for easier access.
  13. Dopp Kit

    Just for fun...more than you ever wanted to know! Via Wikipedia. Dopp kit is a term particularly in use in America[citation needed] for toiletry bags. The name derives from the early 20th century leather craftsman Charles Doppelt, whose company designed the case in 1919.[1] While the case is named after Doppelt, it appears that the case was actually designed by Doppelt's nephew, Jerome Harris.[2] Dopp kits became widely known during World War I[3] and World War II[4] when they were issued to GIs. The Dopp brand name was purchased by Samsonite in the early 1970s[5], and was acquired by Buxton in 1979.[6] The trademark Dopp was filed by Samsonite for registration at the U.S. Trademark Office on Mar. 24, 1980.[7] The class of goods for which it was applicable was “toilet cases sold empty, briefcases, briefcase type portfolios, sample and catalog cases sold empty, luggage identification tags, and traveling bags”. An additional filing for the trademark Dopp Kit was made on April 3, 1980 for the class of goods “travel kits, sold empty”.[8] In both of those applications Samsonite stated that the trademarks were first used in July 1936. The registration for “Dopp Kit” was cancelled in March 2003 when no one filed a required (Section 8) Declaration of Continued Use, but the required declarations have been filed for “Dopp”. The marks were assigned to DHP Limited Partnership (dba Buxton) in 1990; the current owner of the “Dopp” trademark is listed as Buxton Acquisition Co., LLC, of Chicopee, Massachusetts.[citation needed]
  14. Thoughts on Cricut Maker

    Try googling it. I just found these hits including videos on youtube.